The first 16 miles out of London were stop start all the way... And thereafter whenever we hit any incline over 5% it brought everything to a grinding halt! We waited for over 45 minutes at just one traffic light junction alone!! With only the inpromtu Mexican waves to keep morale high.
It was a great day and enjoyed with 8 other ElliptiGO riders too. These brought quite a lot of attention which is always a good laugh.
The route is best described as flat to undulating but with a massive sting in the tail!!... DITCHLING BEACON at 45 miles in and 5 miles to go is a monster! I was determined to absolutely smash it... There is no other way to ride a hill in my opinion. I felt strong all day with the last 6 months of solid training really paying dividends.
All I need to do now pre-Western States is chill out and relax, and let me body recover fully and recharge for the big day. It sounds like its going to be a 'hot year' if you believe the reports so the next week will be spent in the sauna and a couple of sessions at Kingston University brand new heat chamber to help the body acclimatise thr the expected 100 temps.
There will be a live webfeed of the Western States race so I'll be sure to post a link.